Annette M. Fontana was elected as Clerk of Court of Lafourche Parish on October 24, 2015. She began her term as Clerk on July 1, 2016. In March of 2017 she obtained the designation as a Certified Louisiana Clerk from the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.
Prior to being elected as Clerk of Court, Fontana served as an Assistant District Attorney for Lafourche Parish as a felony prosecutor, prosecuting major crimes including homicides and other crimes of violence gaining extensive experience and knowledge in criminal law.
Fontana was also a private practicing attorney in Lafourche Parish with the law firm of Morvant & Cavell, APLC engaging in a general civil practice including family law, estate planning, successions and civil litigation. She taught Family Law at Nicholls State University from 2009 through 2015.
Fontana is an honor graduate of Southern University Law Center where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Nicholls State University in 2000 and an Associate Degree in Business Management from Delgado Community College.
In 2015, she was named Best of Lafourche 40 Under 40, and in 2011 was chosen as one of the Top Women in Business by the Tri-Parish Times. She has twice (2013-14) received the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Commendation for her work as a felony prosecutor.
She has held leadership positions in many professional organizations throughout her career, including serving as a Delegate for the Louisiana State Bar Association, President of the Lafourche Parish Bar Association and Chairman of the Board of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce. She is an active community advocate and volunteer for many organizations in the Lafourche Parish community.
Fontana currently serves on the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association Board of Directors, Supplemental Compensation Board, Education Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Clerks of Court Retirement and Relief Fund and Insurance Trust. She also represents the Clerks of Court on the Louisiana Supreme Court, Court Rules Committee.
She is focused on adapting the processes of the Clerk’s office to the information age to provide citizens, businesses and even visitors the resources to obtain all of the information they need when they need it.